Audi has refreshed its Q5 mid-size luxury SUV for the 2020, boosting standard equipment while keeping pricing static across the line-up.
Kicking off at $65,900 before on-road costs and $66,900 for the 40 TDI and 45 TFSI ‘design’ grades, the base diesel and petrol Q5s are now equipped with 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels, lane-keep assist and high-beam assist as standard, while the multimedia system has also been upgraded to include navigation plus and MMI touch support.
The base design variants also gain a wireless smartphone charger and two rear-seat USB ports.
Stepping up to the sport ‘trim’ will set buyers back $71,600, $73,500 and $84,700 for the 40 TDI, 45 TFSI and 50 TDI respectively, while added standard equipment includes a panoramic glass sunroof, surround-view monitor, auto-dimming side mirrors and heated front seats.
Meanwhile, the 50 TDI sport also gains an ‘S line’ bodykit and ‘Milano’ leather interior upholstery.
Powering 40 TDI variants is a 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, while the 45 TFSI versions use a same-sized petrol engine producing 185kW/370Nm.
Meanwhile, the 50 TDI and SQ5 are both fitted with 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engines, in diesel and petrol forms respectively, which output 210kW/620Nm and 260kW/500Nm to all four wheels via an eight-speed torque convertor automatic transmission.
Audi product planning boss Shawn Ticehurst said the updates to the Q5 line-up are a result of customer feedback.
“We’ve listened to the priorities of our customers,” he said. “We had an opportunity to further improve the Q5 and SQ5 as a package, and so we looked at their priorities to help shape how we achieved that.
“We think owners will be delighted with our new offer – the Audi Q5 and SQ5 have never been stronger.”
Audi’s Q5 competes directly against other mid-size premium SUVs such a the Mercedes-Benz GLC which was recently refreshed with a plug-in powertrain, the BMW X3 that now has a full-fat M-tuned flagship, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the Volvo XC60.
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineSeptember 23, 2019 9:03 am